If you regularly wake up in the morning with a headache or stiff jaw, a night guard may provide relief. The expert general dentists at Dlight Dental in Washington, DC, and Rockville, Maryland, regularly prescribe night guards to people who grind their teeth or clench their jaw during sleep. To see if you’re a candidate, request an appointment online or by calling either office and speaking to a friendly team member.
A night guard is a custom oral appliance worn during sleep. It's molded to fit over the unique contours and cusps of your teeth, ensuring a comfortable fit.
Prior to receiving a night guard, your Dlight Dental provider conducts an oral exam and takes impressions of your teeth. Your dentist sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures your custom night guard.
Ultimately, a night guard prevents the chewing surfaces of your teeth from rubbing together. This significantly lowers your risk of chips, cracks, and muscle soreness.
Bruxism is a medical condition characterized by gnashing, clenching, or grinding your teeth, usually during sleep. Left unmanaged, bruxism can damage your tooth enamel, increasing your risk of tooth decay and increased sensitivity.
Bruxism can also affect your quality of life. If you grind your teeth, you’re more likely to experience tension headaches, poor sleep, and temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders. If you regularly wake up with a sore jaw, don’t wait to seek professional help.
The symptoms of bruxism vary from person to person and depend on the severity of your teeth grinding habit. Telltale signs of bruxism include:
If you grind your teeth, you might also chip or crack your teeth or develop loose teeth.
Only a qualified dentist like those at Dlight Dental can determine if you’ll benefit from a night guard. Before making a treatment recommendation, your provider reviews your medical history and asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. If they detect damage to your enamel caused by teeth grinding, you’re probably a good candidate.
To achieve the best possible outcome, it’s important you wear your night guard every night. It may take a few days or even weeks to fully adjust, but the benefits are worth it.
Wearing a night guard protects and preserves your teeth while encouraging a better and more restful night’s sleep.
To learn more about night guards, call the office or request a consultation online today.